Japanese stationery store exclusive inks are a rabbit hole that I sometimes wish I hadn’t gone down, or well my wallet wishes! With as many as there are and obtainability issues, its just about impossible to keep up, so when I do see them on the market and can get them without jumping through too many hoops, I do! In this case I was ordering a pen from Nagasawa Japan and saw that they had new inks, I quickly added them to my order.

It appears that these inks are inspired by Van Gogh, and come in delightful packaging featuring his works. I decided to try the blue first, its packaging features the portrait of Joseph Roulin.

For this review I decided to ink my Pilot VP Crimson Sunrise, it puts down a decently juicy line, and it needed ink! Don’t mind the inky table, I’m out of Windex lol!

Journal Entry:

Ink Blob:

This ink has such a cool sheen! I would even say that it has a range of sheen as well as a range of color. The sheen goes from a black tar-like matte to a reddish and even a green. The base color is a beautiful royal to navy blue and has some nice shading as well as the tar-like sheen in writing. I only saw the green come out very rarely on juicy lines such as quotation marks. This ink is wonderful for daily writing and I will totally finish this bottle eventually ^_^

There is still time to enter the giveaway for a Hippo Noto/Lamy Petrol Ink/Pen set! See my previous blog entry for details.

In case you haven’t heard, Hippo Noto cream books are available for immediate shipment in limited quantities! Also available with Robert Oster Hippo Purple Ink. Join the #hipposquad. Only the cream books are shipping immediately, but we are also taking Late Pledges for our ivory hippos coming at the end of the year or early 2018. We are working everyday to ensure that we are producing the best possible hippo. We appreciate all the support, patience, and positivity!

I leave you now with photos of a super cool pen that I received from Chet Herbert of the Herbert Pen Company. Its magic! ❤